Sunday, May 20, 2018

Florida education news: Taxes, charter schools, superintendents and more

TAXES: Citing financial needs and an aging infrastructure, Hillsborough County superintendent Jeff Eakins says he is investigating the possibility of seeking a local tax referendum to bring in more revenue for schools.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: A Pasco County School Board member says he'll no longer meet privately with district administrators to discuss agenda items before meetings.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: An Escambia County charter school will close after classes end, unable to sustain its shrinking enrollment, WKRG reports. • The Sarasota County School Board rejects a new charter school application by Academica amid protests against the plan, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Outgoing Brevard County superintendent Desmond Blackburn rejects accusations that he looked to leave because of his role in creating Broward County's under-fire discipline program, Florida Today reports. The Brevard School Board says it plans to look internally for a new leader, Florida Today reports. • Manatee County School Board members say they expect superintendent Diana Greene to win the Duval County superintendent's post, the Bradenton Herald reports.

READING LESSONS: The Manatee school district partners with community organizations to help improve reading skills of elementary students and their parents, WWSB reports.

MATH LESSONS: A Volusia County elementary school emphasizes math through hallway murals and other approaches, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SECURITY: Surveyed Lake County high school students say reinforced and locked doors are their top priority for increasing campus safety, the Daily Commercial reports. • Sarasota County Republicans discuss their views on school security, the Herald-Tribune reports.

HONORED: Lake County's teacher of the year has her name placed on the Leesburg High media center, the Daily Commercial reports.

IN COURT: The Orange County school district files a new lawsuit alleging AT&T overcharged the district, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ROAD CLOSED: The Sarasota County School Board approves the temporary closure of a road that runs through the Sarasota High campus, the Herald-Tribune reports.

BAD ACTS: A Marion County high school agriculture teacher is placed on leave after students reported he was drowning raccoons during school hours, WCJB reports. More from Gainesville Sun.

TODAY: Florida Board of Education, 9 a.m., Pinellas County School Board Office, Largo

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ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of May 13, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of May 13, 2018

The Florida legislative session ended weeks ago. But the debate over lawmakers’ funding of public education continued to surface. House Democrats called for a special session to revisit the budget, while House Republican leaders attacked the cr...
Published: 05/19/18
Pasco County parent drops school rezoning challenge

Pasco County parent drops school rezoning challenge

Just days before a scheduled administrative hearing, a Pasco County parent has pulled the plug on his challenge of the school district's proposed attendance zone changes.Jim Stanley, who has fought the district's effort for nearly two years, contende...
Published: 05/18/18
Schools’ security chief: More and more, it’s about “access control”

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Speaking at a Tiger Bay Club meeting shortly after the deadly school shootings in Santa Fe, Tx, Hillsborough school security Chief John Newman said the tragedy underscores the need for campus vigilance.It's something he is keeping in mind as the dist...
Published: 05/18/18
Florida spring testing season ends with few disruptions

Florida spring testing season ends with few disruptions

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Published: 05/18/18
Florida House majority office goes on offense to tout its public education funding plan

Florida House majority office goes on offense to tout its public education funding plan

The Florida House Republican leadership has had enough of what it's calling the "47 cent myth."That's where several groups, including superintendents and teacher unions, have accused lawmakers of shortchanging public education with a 4...
Published: 05/18/18
Florida education news: State funding, teacher tenure, high school graduations and more

Florida education news: State funding, teacher tenure, high school graduations and more

SPECIAL SESSION? The Florida Legislature ended its spring session amid criticism of its public education budget, which added 47 cents to the base per-student allocation for general operations. Thirty-five House Democrats have filed a petiti...
Published: 05/18/18
Jameis Winston a no-go for Wiregrass Ranch High School graduation

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Who's in?Apparently not Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, who asked that question as part of a Twitter contest in which his attendance at a local high school graduation was the prize.Who’s in? https://t.co/unDbDHtipb&md...
Published: 05/17/18
Florida Dems use obscure law in last-ditch effort to call Legislature back for more school funding

Florida Dems use obscure law in last-ditch effort to call Legislature back for more school funding

At the end of session, superintendents and the statewide teachers' union called for the Legislature to redo their education funding in the budget they were about to pass. When a special session seemed imminent on gambling issues, again, they made the...
Published: 05/17/18
Did ending teacher professional services contracts help Florida students’ academic achievement?

Did ending teacher professional services contracts help Florida students’ academic achievement?

Florida lawmakers first proposed doing away with teacher "tenure" in 2010, making it happen in 2011 despite strong teacher opposition.One of their arguments: Making it easier to get rid of low-performing teachers could lead to higher student academic...
Published: 05/17/18
Gradebook podcast: Inside the debate over Florida textbooks

Gradebook podcast: Inside the debate over Florida textbooks

With the rise of Common Core, some conservative Florida groups began taking a closer look at what information appeared in school textbooks and other materials.  They found "objectionable" content in some districts, and have continued to...
Published: 05/17/18